Physiotherapist (Rotational)
Royal Berkshire NHS
Reading, UK
3d ago

Royal Berkshire Hospital are pleased to announce that following our CQC inspection we have been rated Good’ with inspectors reporting that we have made significant improvements.

The Trust’s overall rating has also improved to good’. This is a great opportunity to join our clinical or non-clinical teams to create a positive and motivating environment within our trust.

Come and join our team in this exciting time of change as we pride ourselves, our staff and our services on excellence.

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we put our patients at the heart of every element of health and care that we provide.

The Trust works together as a community to deliver its vision which is Working together to provide outstanding care for our community.

We are C ompassionate in our thoughts, words and actions

We are A spirational and have a true desire to be dynamic and to innovate

We are R esourceful and responsible in the way we work and live

We are E xcellent in our development, fairness and sharing best practice

Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people so why don’t you come and join us.

We offer a range of learning and development for all employees may you be clinical or non-clinical.

Job overview

  • To be responsible for the efficient, effective and safe management of patients referred to you
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work
  • To have clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and prioritise that work efficiently
  • To manage clinical risk within own clinical caseload
  • To formulate and deliver an individual physiotherapy treatment programme
  • To have knowledge of a range of treatment skills
  • To ensure effective discharge planning within the team
  • To use theoretical and practical knowledge to advice, guide and teach assistants and students as required
  • To provide recommendations and advice to the MDT
  • The post requires a flexible approach to working and requires the post holder to undertake weekend and evening commitments as required
  • Main duties of the job

    We are pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to come and join our team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading

    We offer 4 month rotations covering a diverse array of specialty areas : surgery and ICU, medicine, elderly care, musculoskeletal out-patients, orthopaedics, neuro-rehab, acute stroke, paediatrics and womens health

    A 24 / 7 on call respiratory service and weekend service is provided by the department, which you will be expected to take part in.

    Each unit provides excellent support and all run regular in-service training programmes. We operate a buddy system to provide you with additional support.

    We have a well-developed performance review system in place with regular appraisals during rotations completed by senior staff

    The Trust is nationally recognised as delivering outstanding care and the Therapies service is fully focused on delivering the trusts ambition to continue to enhance this excellent work.

    Working for our organisation

    To strive to deliver excellent patient centred care in line with the Trust CARE values and to work alongside MDT colleagues to ensure safe and effective care and discharge of our patients

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • To be a Physiotherapist delivering patient centred
  • To be professionally responsible for all aspects of your own work
  • To use your physiotherapy knowledge and skills to provide support and advice to the Multi- disciplinary team and to manage own caseload of patients as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To deliver a high quality, effective and efficient physiotherapy service in the Therapy team.
  • To deputise for the Band 6 Specialist Physiotherapist as required.

  • To be responsible for the efficient, effective and safe management of patients
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work,including the management of patients in your care
  • To receive referrals and independently assess and treat own caseload of patients
  • To have clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and prioritise that work efficiently
  • To manage clinical risk within own clinical caseload. and identify and report any risks witnessed.
  • To formulate and deliver an individual physiotherapy treatment programme based on clinical knowledge of current practice, evidence based practice and treatment options, using clinical assessment and reasoning skills.
  • To have knowledge of a range of treatment skills relevant to the management of patient’s conditions.
  • To ensure effective discharge planning within the team, liaising with other members of the MDT as appropriate, including referrers.
  • To deliver physiotherapy in different locations, according to the requirements of the post
  • To use theoretical and practical knowledge to advice, guide and teach assistants and students.
  • To provide recommendations and advice to the MDT
  • The post requires a flexible approach to working and requires the post holder to undertake weekend and evening commitments

    Physical Resources

  • To be responsible for Health and Safety requirements within own clinical area
  • To ensuring the risk assessment, competent use, maintenance and repair of all equipment in the area, and ensure that treatment and working areas are kept safe and tidy departments as appropriate.
  • To be aware of the cost / benefit implications in the selection of appropriate equipment to be provided to the patient for long term use, both individually and within the team.
  • To advise Inter-professional lead regarding recommendations for new equipment
  • To issue necessary equipment and appliances to patients ensuring that they are being used safely and competently.
  • Human Resources

  • To deputise for the Band 6 Experienced Physiotherapists as required.
  • To be responsible for the daily delivery of physiotherapy in your designated area of services, in conjunction with your supervisor
  • To be professionally responsible for the standard of physiotherapy you carry out and for supervised students and assistants.
  • To facilitate effective team working in the therapy department by assisting and supporting other team members particularly at times of annual, study and sick leave.
  • To support the therapy team and MDT reporting to supervisor any potentially stressful work situations, such as verbal or physical aggression, or adverse incidents.
  • To participate in the RBFT Appraisal Programme as an appraisee, and fulfil its requirements.
  • To work to develop Band 6 knowledge and skills specialist clinical Leadership and supervision.
  • To work towards practice educator course and taking students on placement.
  • To complete Optimise time sheets, on call sheets and department statistics in a timely manner observing deadlines.
  • Information resources

  • To maintain comprehensive, accurate and timely patient notes and records in accordance with department policy, and to ensure safekeeping and confidentiality of those records and records in current use.
  • To keep comprehensive records of activity in accordance with local and national requirements, using departmental IT software systems as required.
  • To complete activity records to inform planning and service delivery within the Therapy team.
  • To prioritise referrals received within the Physiotherapy service, using clinical knowledge to underpin decisions.
  • To write physiotherapy reports when requested in line with local, trust and national guidelines.
  • To use computer skills to support role, including EPR, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail.
  • Planning and Organisation

  • To contribute to clinical teaching for the specialist area of rotation using evidence informed practice, clinical audit and clinical outcomes measures.
  • To work in an advisory capacity, as agreed with the Team Leader or Inter Professional Lead, to support peers, assistants and students.

  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers
  • To be able to persuade and motivate others through effective communication e.g. patients and staff.
  • To respond appropriately to the patient’s level of communication and understanding, facilitating the best possible communication outcomes
  • To provide and receive information from patients, carers and other professionals regarding a patients condition and treatment progress.
  • To develop and maintain close working relationships with physiotherapy and occupational therapy colleagues and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • To ensure that discharge information is communicated to referrers in a timely and appropriate manner
  • To communicate service related information to supervisors and staff
  • To communicate ideas and information for service development
  • To participate as both a Therapy and Multi disciplinary team member respecting others views
  • To develop best practice at RBFT by ensuring that evidence based / reflective practice is used and knowledge updated.
  • To effectively liaise and network with colleagues in the Trust and outside of the Trust for the benefit of patients and the service.
  • To attend groups such as working parties, meetings and events to represent the department and the profession.
  • To represent the Trust at local events e.g. careers evenings.

  • To support Clinical Governance in the occupational therapy service, and support systems of clinical effectiveness and audit programmes.
  • To work with supervisor to ensure that the service responds to local and national initiatives and policy such as National Service Frameworks and NICE guidelines.
  • To be aware of current practices in own work and that of the team and how it relates to research findings, evidence based projects, audits and the use of recognised outcome measures, to ensure that quality standards and effectiveness of patient care are continually monitored and improved.
  • To advise your supervisor regarding recommendations for service developments and undertake projects as required.
  • To participate in the development of team objectives in line with Trust and Therapy objectives.
  • To work to department policies and procedures, and participate in agreed developments and projects related to the therapy service, networking in the Trust as required.
  • To support the capacity in the physiotherapy team, to ensure it is used to its best effect in line with best practice.

  • To keep abreast of new developments generally within physiotherapy and to incorporate into current practice and that of the team as necessary.
  • To support and attend the in service training programme for the team.
  • To use clinical knowledge to provide teaching to the immediate therapy team and the MDT students, and other professionals.
  • To progress to providing clinical placements for under-graduate students within physiotherapy team, supervising, training and developing students as required.
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through a variety of CPD activities, and maintain a portfolio that reflects personal development.
  • To monitor and reflect on own competency in clinical techniques related to occupational therapy such as transfer assessments, cognitive assessments, equipment provision.
  • Formulation of therapy programmes. To update necessary knowledge and skills as required.

  • To ensure own Therapy Manual Handling competency.
  • To support the therapy team in audit programmes based on local and corporate objectives, and to participate in improvement projects identified from audit.
  • To support the therapy team in developing local standards and guidelines based on evidence of best practice, and ensure that these standards and guidelines are acted upon.
  • To support evidence based projects as required

  • To carry out assessments and treatments of patients requiring rehabilitation in gym and ward based settings, with moderate to maximal physical effort involved, over several periods of the day, working independently in the clinical setting and supporting other members of the team as required.
  • To work in an environment where there are frequent disruptions to work patterns due to demands from patients, carers and other clinical staff or students, including responding to phone calls.
  • To sensitively deal with distressing or emotional circumstances regarding patient care.
  • To support other team members in the management of challenging patients.
  • To support the Team Leader in the management of staff when required.
  • Person specification

    Knowledge, Skills & Experience

    Essential criteria

  • To have a degree or other recognised qualification in Physiotherapy
  • HPC Registered
  • NHS Experience
  • Knowledge of current evidence based best practice in Physiotherapy
  • IT skills, including word processing and e-mail
  • MCSP
  • Knowledge of NHS structure
  • Training & Presentation Skills
  • Essential criteria

  • Car driver with UK licence
  • As part of our development programme, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Henley Business School, Reading, offer a 3 year BA (Hons) in Applied Management.

    As a Trust, we are delighted to offer such prestigious programme which is accredited with Chartered Management Institutes.

    We are the only NHS Trust offering this programme and it is a unique opportunity for our staff. Normal application and acceptance process will apply for staff who wish to undertake

    this course.

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